HAPS Alliance White Paper Provides Guidance on Establishing Acceptable Levels of Risk for High Altitude Platform Systems

The HAPS Alliance, an international association of cross-industry players working to enable a High-Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) ecosystem, today announced the publication of its white paper entitled Acceptable Levels of Risk for HAPS, which is available as a free, downloadable document. Written by the HAPS Alliance Aviation Working Group (AWG), the authoritative paper highlights how leading experts in the field of HAPS have reimagined the traditional … Continue reading HAPS Alliance White Paper Provides Guidance on Establishing Acceptable Levels of Risk for High Altitude Platform Systems

SoftBank Corp. Leads Global Efforts to Expand Spectrum Crucial to HAPS Services of the Future

From November to December 2023, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) was there representing Japan, along with the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. At the conference, an official decision was reached to add spectrum which could be used for High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) base stations in stratospheric-based … Continue reading SoftBank Corp. Leads Global Efforts to Expand Spectrum Crucial to HAPS Services of the Future

Measuring Up: Hyperion Micro Air Data System Delivers Precision in Thin Air for PHASA-35

Prismatic Ltd. achieved a milestone by flying their PHASA-35 above 66,000 feet, a leap in sensing and communication systems. Aeroprobe’s Hyperion Micro Air Data System, crucial for stratospheric navigation, provided precise aerodynamic data supporting this feat. The successful collaboration hints at future innovations in unmanned high-altitude flights, with Aeroprobe ready to further such advancements. Continue reading Measuring Up: Hyperion Micro Air Data System Delivers Precision in Thin Air for PHASA-35

SoftBank Corp.-led Proposal to Expand Spectrum Use for HAPS Base Stations Agreed at World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23)

SoftBank Corp. (President & CEO: Junichi Miyakawa, “SoftBank”) is conducting international standardization activities related to the High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) spectrum for stratospheric-based wireless communication systems at the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT). SoftBank today announced that the expansion of HAPS spectrum use was formally agreed upon at ITU-R’s World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) held in Dubai, United Arab … Continue reading SoftBank Corp.-led Proposal to Expand Spectrum Use for HAPS Base Stations Agreed at World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23)

SoftBank Corp. Successfully Tests Coverage Area Optimization Technology that Realizes Communication Capacity Maximization for HAPS

SoftBank Corp. (President & CEO: Junichi Miyakawa, “SoftBank”) today announced that in September 2023 it successfully conducted a field trial using its cylindrical antenna*1 for High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) stratospheric-based wireless communication systems at Hokkaido Spaceport, Taiki Town, Hokkaido, Japan. The trial successfully verified coverage area optimization technology that maximizes communication capacity across an entire communication area covered by HAPS. The field trial utilized a … Continue reading SoftBank Corp. Successfully Tests Coverage Area Optimization Technology that Realizes Communication Capacity Maximization for HAPS

SoftBank Corp.’s HAPS Research Proposals Selected by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in Japan for Beyond 5G R&D Promotion Programs

SoftBank Corp. (President & CEO: Junichi Miyakawa, “SoftBank”) today announced that its two research proposals—“R&D on Network Area Coverage for Emergencies Using High-speed UAVs, etc.” and “R&D on Technologies for HAPS Mobile Broadband Communications”—were selected by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (“NICT”)*1 in Japan in its open call for newly commissioned research for fiscal 2023 to be conducted within its “Beyond 5G R&D … Continue reading SoftBank Corp.’s HAPS Research Proposals Selected by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in Japan for Beyond 5G R&D Promotion Programs

“HAPS Radiowave Propagation Prediction Method for Design of Systems” Adopted as Global Standard by ITU-R

SoftBank Corp. (President & CEO: Junichi Miyakawa, “SoftBank”) today announced it developed a new “Model for Predicting Direction of Radiowaves Arriving at Mobile Station” as part of its “HAPS Radiowave Propagation Prediction Method for Design of Systems,” which is necessary for the design of High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) stratospheric-based wireless communication systems. The new model, which predicts the direction of radiowaves that arrive at … Continue reading “HAPS Radiowave Propagation Prediction Method for Design of Systems” Adopted as Global Standard by ITU-R

Government of Rwanda in Partnership with SoftBank Corp.Successfully Delivers World’s First 5G Connectivity from the Stratosphere

The Government of Rwanda and SoftBank Corp. (President & CEO: Junichi Miyakawa, “SoftBank”) announced that on September 24, 2023, they successfully tested SoftBank’s proprietary 5G communications payload in the stratosphere installed on a solar-powered High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype. The demonstration, conducted for HAPS research purposes in Rwandan airspace by SoftBank and the Government of Rwanda, marked the world’s first … Continue reading Government of Rwanda in Partnership with SoftBank Corp.Successfully Delivers World’s First 5G Connectivity from the Stratosphere

SoftBank Corp. Successfully Completes Flight Test of Sub-scale Model of Next-generation HAPS UAS

SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) announced that it collected the data necessary for flight verification and aircraft design as part of its development of a next-generation uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) designed for High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) by testing a sub-scale model. A low altitude flight test for the sub-scale model, a small-scale version of an actual aircraft, was conducted on March 14, 2023 (U.S. Mountain Time) … Continue reading SoftBank Corp. Successfully Completes Flight Test of Sub-scale Model of Next-generation HAPS UAS

Mira Aerospace, a joint venture of UAVOS and Bayanat, Successfully CompletedApusDuo Solar Aircraft Test Flight

Mira Aerospace, a joint venture of UAVOS, a developer and manufacturer of advanced unmanned systems, and Bayanat, a part of the Abu Dhabi-based G42, announced a successful test flight of the ApusDuo solar-powered high-altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS). The flight took place on June 8, 2023 at the Huye aerodrome, the Republic of Rwanda. With all basic aircraft tests for the ApusDuo HAPS now complete, Mira … Continue reading Mira Aerospace, a joint venture of UAVOS and Bayanat, Successfully CompletedApusDuo Solar Aircraft Test Flight